Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Political Science & Social Data Science

Copenhagen University


August 8, 2022


The Department of Political Science and the Center for Social Data Science (SODAS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites excellent candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Political Science & Social Data Science. The position is available from 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

It is a joint position equally shared between the Department of Political Science and SODAS but the assistant professor will be employed by the Department of Political Science. The ideal candidate for the advertised position holds a PhD in Political Science, or related field, and has a strong record in applying data science/computational methods to answer questions related to politics and digital communication.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as tenure-track assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.

Read more about the tenure-track program at Copenhagen University here: https: // employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.

Introduction The Department of Political Science and SODAS are situated in the heart of Copenhagen. The Department of Political Science is one of the leading political science departments in Europe and offers courses at all levels. The Department of Political Science has a strong international research profile and a vibrant and dynamic research and teaching environment. More about the Department here: https: // politicalscience.ku.dk/about/

SODAS is an interdisciplinary social science centre. Combining social science theories and methods with state-of-the-art data science techniques, SODAS aspires to do cutting-edge and creative interdisciplinary research, teaching and impact in the crossroads between the social sciences and data science. More about SODAS here: https: // sodas.ku.dk/ and the interdisciplinary degree program in Social Data Science here: https: // studies.ku.dk/masters/social data science/

Duties and Responsibilities The assistant professor is expected to contribute actively to the advance of the above research and teaching environments. Duties and responsibilities of the post include contributing to the scholarship and intellectual life of the University by conducting excellent research and teaching. An assistant professor also has administrative responsibilities.

Your Competencies and Opportunities Your Competencies and Opportunities as a Tenure-track assistant professor must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.

To be assessed qualified for a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Copenhagen, the candidate must meet the University's criteria of academic merit. https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the criteria for recognising merit for assistant professors here: https: // jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for- videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til- meritering/5aCriteriaforrecognisingmerit-Assistantprofessors.pdf

A successful candidate has strong interpersonal skills as well as an aptitude for working collaboratively with colleagues in planning and delivering teaching, in research projects and in the discharge of administrative duties. Furthermore, the candidate must demonstrate a commitment to student learning, supporting student welfare and enhancing the student experience

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact
  • For more on the Faculty strategy, see: https: // socialsciences.ku.dk/faculty/strategy/ You can read the Department's strategy here : https: // politicalscience.ku.dk/about/strategy-plan/

    Terms of Employment

  • Employment with the Faculty of Social Sciences and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit. We do this by applying academic criteria of the University of Copenhagen which are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the Department concerned.
  • As this is a tenure track position, we strongly encourage the appointed assistant professor to acquire the proficiency in Danish required to teach and interact with colleagues in that language in 3-6 years. The Department will provide and pay for the necessary language training
  • Further information on qualification requirements as assistant professor can be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities here: https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for- recognising- merit/dokumenter/MinisterialOrderno.1443of11December2019onJobStructureforAcademicStaffatUniversities.pdf
  • Terms of appointment and salary is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • The salary range starts at DKK 35,003.43 (4,706.32) per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.
  • The Recruitment Process Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

    An Equal Opportunity Workplace The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University's participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https: // employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu- charter-for-researchers/

    International applicant? The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https: // ism.ku.dk/

    Contact Information Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number: 211-0129/22-2N #1

    Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Nina Græger, e-mail: ng@ifs.ku.dk , phone +45 35337662

    How to Apply Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply.

    Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates and diplomas
  • Publications. The 6 most important publications, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for application. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 6.
  • Publication list. A complete list of all publications with clearly marked publication dates. The uploaded publications must be marked with on the list to be assessed.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications in accordance with the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen
  • Documentation of ability to disseminate information. Documentation of the ability to disseminate information to and share knowledge with society.
  • Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant's contribution to the work must be clearly specified. The hiring committee may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors specifying the extent and nature of each individual's contribution.

    The closing date for applications is 23:59, 8 August 2022 (CEST)

    Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.

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